San Diego County Fair Alternative Coming this Summer

An alternative version of the San Diego County Fair is coming to the fairground this summer.

In a statement released on the fair website, “The 22nd District Agricultural Association is getting back to our roots to present HOME*GROWN*FUN, a four-week celebration of community and agriculture offering a taste of what San Diegans have grown to love about the annual fair.” 

Last summer, officials canceled the San Diego County fair due to the Coronavirus pandemic because gatherings of any size were prohibited.

The cancelation was detrimental to the fair because it’s the largest annual event in San Diego County every year (next to Comic-Con).

Photo Credit: @sandiegocountyfair on Instagram

While we are still in a global pandemic, things are improving. This year, the fair will operate; with modifications.

Capacity limited with timed entry required (to prevent overcrowding) and parking passes purchased in advance online. Tickets for parking will go on sale beginning May 1, 2021, on their website.  

The fair, “HOME*GROWN*FUN will offer famous “fair food favorites,” shopping, food concessions, Ferris wheel, a carousel, and various agricultural-themed exhibits. 

The modified fair event will run from June 11 through July 4 (Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays).

Admission is $10, with children 5 & younger are free. All guests heading to the fair will be required to wear masks and practice physical distancing from other guests.

For more information regarding the fair, please visit their website at sdfair.com

Photo Cover: San Diego County Fair by Israel Palacio on Unsplash

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

Protecting Your COVID-19 Vaccine Card

As of April 15, 2021, every Californian 16 & up will be eligible for vaccination.

When you’re fully vaccinated, you’ll receive a 3-by-4 inch vaccination card.

You want to hold on to this cardstock because it is your ticket back to normal life. Airlines, concert venues, and more are considering whether or not proof of vaccination will be required. If it is, this card will be crucial.

Should I get my COVID-19 vaccine card laminated?

Yes!, however, if you are getting a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna), make sure you have completed your second dose before laminating your card.

I also recommend you make a copy of your card and store it with your important files wherever that may be in your house.

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OfficeMax and Staples are both offering a promotion where individuals can have their vaccination card laminated for free. OfficeMax will laminate your vaccination card for free through July 25, 2021

Photo Credit: OfficeDepot Office Max

For even more peace of mind, I recommend scanning the front and back of your vaccine card, emailing a copy to yourself, and storing the digital copy in your cloud drive.

If you’re not getting the vaccine from your primary care doctor and getting it from a superstation or third party, I recommend sending a copy to your doctor; that way, a copy of your vaccine added to your immunization record.

Cover Photo: H-E-B

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

New Album: Fearless (Taylor’s Version) – Taylor Swift

Swifties, are you sitting down? Good, now make sure your breathing.

Taylor Swift’s first recorded album has dropped, and I couldn’t be more excited.

The 31-year-old singer-songwriter dropped a rerecorded version of her second studio album, Fearless. The re-recorded version is titled “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)”.

Photo Credit: Screenshot of Tweet from @taylorswift13

The re-release is swift keeping her word to re-record her music before the “Lover” album. In the event, you’re not up-to-date on the Scooter Braun-Taylor Swift battle here’s the low down.

Scooter Braun purchased her masters which ignited a heated public battle between Braun and Swift over music ownership. And, swift made the announcement she would rerecord her first six studio albums, to call them her own.

She shared on Good Morning America “I just think that artists deserve to own their work, I just feel very passionately about that.”

Swift re-recorded “Fearless (Taylor’s Version) in late 2020, the first re-recording released.

Photo Credit: Taylor Swift on Instagram

The new release provides fans 27 tracks and includes incredible talent like Keith Urban and Maren Morris: All the songs from the original and platinum of “Fearless”, six unreleased songs, and a bonus track.

Photo Credit: Screenshot of Taylor Swift Tracklisting for “Fearless Taylor’s Version” on Twitter

You can stream Fearless (Taylor’s Version) right now on platforms like Spotify or Apple Music.

Let me know what you think about “Fearless Taylor’s Version” by connecting with me on Twitter or Instagram.

Cover Photo: Beth Garrabrant

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

ICYMI: San Diego Hits the Orange Tier

San Diego County has officially entered the “moderate” orange tier of COVID-19 restrictions as of April 7, 2021.

Now that San Diego is in the orange tier this is excellent news for more businesses that can officially open up or increase capacity.

  • Restaurants: Open for outdoor service and indoors, however, limited to 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer. Live entertainment allowed.
  • Hotels and lodging: Open. Fitness centers in hotels can open at 25% capacity including indoor pools.
  • Offices: Open indoors, however teleworking is encouraged.
  • Gyms and fitness centers: Indoors are open at 25% capacity. Indoor pools can open.
  • Place of worship: Indoors can open at 50% capacity
  • Hair salons and Barbershops: Open with modifications
  • Personal services (including nail salons, tattoo, piercing): Open with modifications
  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums: Open Indoors at a 50% capacity
  • Movie theaters: Indoors open at a 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer.
  • Breweries, wineries and distilleries that serve food: Indoors are now open at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
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  • Bars that do not serve food: Open outdoors only
  • Family Entertainment centers (including bowling allies): Outdoors open. Indoor open with a limited capacity at 25% or 50% if all guests test negative or show proof of fill vaccination with additional restrictions
  • Cardrooms and satellite wagering: Indoors open at 25% capacity
  • Limited services (Laundromats, Dry Cleaners, Car Washes, Auto repair): Open
  • Outdoor recreational facilities: Open. Sales of food drink, or alcohol allowed. Campground are also open.
  • Indoor playgrounds (Bounce centers, ball pits, laser tag). Open with a max capacity of 25%
  • Amusement parks: Open at 25% capacity
  • Live events, including sports or entertainment: Open at 33% capacity in assigned seating.
  • Entertainment Production: Industries, studios, and other related establishments such as establishments that provide content for professional broadcast can operation without live audiences.

Cover Photo: Stephen Leonardi on UnSplash

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA